Piedmont Pottery Festival


September 17, 2012

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“Piedmont Pottery Festival”

Historic Brattonsville

McConnells, SC – Celebrate the South’s rich pottery heritage at the Piedmont Pottery Festival at Historic Brattonsville on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

Twenty-one of the best traditional potters from the Carolinas will have booths set up on the grounds.  A variety of traditional wheel-thrown and hand-built functional and decorative works in clay will be available for purchase.  Potters will be available to discuss their works and to answer questions as to the inspiration, use and care of their one-of-a-kind creations.  Observe pottery demonstrations and listen to experts in the field share their knowledge on traditional Carolina potters, their techniques and traditions.

Dr. Terry Zug, author of Turners and Burners:  The Folk Potters of North Carolina will present a lecture on Catawba Valley Pottery Today at 11:30 am.  Dr. Zug became interested in North Carolina pottery in 1969 shortly after moving to Chapel Hill.  In 1974 he began documenting the craft and traveled throughout the state recording the reminiscences of potters, former potters, and members of potters’ families who recalled the old craft in remarkable detail.  Turners and Burners is the first book to chronicle these pottery traditions, with close attention to distinct regional and temporal patterns and the major families involved.  The public is invited to bring pottery from their own collections for Dr. Zug to identify at 12:00 Noon.

At 1:00 pm Leonard Todd, author of Carolina Clay:  The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter, Dave, will speak on his compelling research for this award winning novel on Dave, a now-celebrated slave artisan of the antebellum South who dared to put his name on his work, a dangerous advertisement of literacy.

When Leonard Todd discovered that Dave had been owned by his family, he travelled from his home in Manhattan to South Carolina, where he sifted through records of slavery, rebellions and war to uncover Dave’s stirring story.  Since the book’s publication, Todd has spoken on Dave at many cultural venues, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Atlanta History Center, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the Decatur Book Festival.

Come prepared to be inspired, learn pottery facts from acclaimed researchers and add to your own personal pottery collection.  Plan to stay the day and feast on regional barbecue that will be available for purchase.  Interpreters will be on site for tours of Historic Brattonsville structures and will also be demonstrating clay marble making.  Children can participate in hands-on activities, as well. 

Attendees to the 8th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival  may enter a drawing to win pottery donated by participating potters.

COST Adults, $6; Seniors, $5; Youth ages 4-17, $3; ages 3 and younger Free. CHM members, FREE.